As planned, Philip VI and Doña Letizia and the Emeritus Kings, John Charles I and Doña Sofía, have attended separately this Monday the funeral of Isabel IIbut protocol has brought them together in Westminster Abbey, so the photograph that Zarzuela wanted to avoid has taken place.
The well-known scandals of the Emeritus or his recent and controversial visit to Spain – which Moncloa described as a “disaster” – motivated the Royal House to want at all costs to prevent father and son from being seen together in the same image to the extent that Don Felipe represents a new time in the monarchy.
[La mirada fulminante de Letizia a Juan Carlos y Sofía en pleno funeral de Estado de Isabel II]
As EL ESPAÑOL learned -and published this Sunday-, Don Juan Carlos “is very angry” because of this discomfort and reservations towards him in his own home: “I have not killed anyone,” he even said.
The Government has insisted in the last few hours that those who represent Spain are Don Felipe and Doña Letizia – this Monday the Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Albares– and that Don Juan Carlos’s invitation was of a private nature.
At the funeral, which has become an event of global interest, the protagonists have also not been able to avoid frequently appearing on camera, the four of them sitting in the second row, behind the representatives of the royal houses of Denmark, Sweden and Holland, and a few meters from the coffin with the remains of Elizabeth II.
Greeting “cordial” between father and son
This Sunday, EL ESPAÑOL learned, the King and his father greeted each other “cordially” at the reception offered at Buckinham Palace by the new monarch Charles III“keeping the forms that must be kept at that time and place” and knowing that it was a private act.
Don Juan Carlos and Don Felipe had not seen each other since the Emeritus’s trip to Spain in May. After passing through Sanxenxo (Pontevedra), he flew to Madrid to talk with his son in Zarzuela. It was an uncomfortable and cold meeting in which they addressed “family issues” and “different events and their consequences in Spanish society”.
Don Felipe and Doña Letizia traveled to London on an Air Force plane with Queen Sofía, but upon arrival they moved to different accommodations. The first, to the Embassy of Spain; the second, to the Cladirge’s hotel, where Don Juan Carlos, who had landed a couple of hours earlier from Abu Dhabi, was already waiting for him.
[Los valores en los que ya nadie cree y que Isabel II se lleva a la tumba]
“Juan Carlos and Sofía have greeted each other with affection. People do not understand this relationship, but it has been like this for decades. In fact, they talk a lot on the phone, almost every day,” a source close to the former head of state told this newspaper.
The Kings Emeritus entered Buckinham together. They had not been seen together in public for more than two and a half years, when they attended the funeral of Plácido Arango, founder of the VIPS group. Don Juan Carlos, like this Monday, supported himself with the help of a cane and the arm of one of his assistants. An hour later Don Felipe and Doña Letizia arrived, their faces serious.
Already this Monday, after the funeral, Felipe VI plans to go to Windsor Castle, where Carlos III has invited the royal houses attending the funeral to the religious ceremony that will precede the burial, Zarzuela reported. Queen Letizia may not attend as she plans to fly to New York on a commercial flight to participate in a series of commitments on the occasion of the UN General Assembly.
Queen Sofía has also accepted the invitation, so she will travel to Windsor with Don Felipe, but not Juan Carlos, who “has declined the invitation”, according to Zarzuela.
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